Compass Box to add to Great King Street line

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John Glaser of Compass Box is to expand his Great King Street range of blended whiskies with a new release at next month’s WhiskyFest in New York.

Compass Box released the Great King Street Artist’s Blend in 2011 and the New York Blend is set to be the first of a series of regional blends planned by the whisky maker.

Glaser was quoted on the Whisky Advocate blog as saying: “We were approached by the New York WhiskyFest last year asking us to debut a new whisky at this year’s festival, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to start a series of regional blends, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. What better place to begin than New York?”

The new whisky was inspired by an 1890 New York Times article Glaser discovered about a bartender called Patrick Duffy, who is said to have imported the first glass bottles of branded Scotch into New York. Using a Glasgow blending house’s recipe from the same era as the base, the New York Blend was born and dedicated to Duffy.

The New York Blend contains lots of peated malts alongside sherry cask-aged whisky, with an 80%-20% proportion of malt to grain whisky. Only 1,840 bottles will be released, available mainly in the New York area as well as via the Compass Box website.

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